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Kosher Valley We got it! That's right, just in time for the Jewish High Holy Days, we now offer a new line of certified kosher chicken and turkey, available in most of our U.S. stores. (We say "most" because our meat buyer says that some of our smaller stores don't have room to carry much and others may sell out, so we want to be cautious and not over-promise. You can always call your local store to check availability.) These new products are provided by Kosher Valley™, a new certified kosher brand from Hain Celestial Group (Hain Pure Protein), and are certified by Rabbi Yechiel Babad and the Orthodox Union. Kosher Valley's antibiotic-free kosher line is one of the first of its kind in the United States. According to Kosher Valley, many steps in kosher poultry processing are still performed by hand. Specially trained rabbinical inspectors check each bird ensuring that it is of the highest quality and processed in accordance with the kosher standards of cleanliness, purity and wholesomeness. All Kosher Valley poultry is hand-salted, inside and out, to remove blood since meat with blood in it is considered non-kosher. After salting, each bird is soaked three times in icy water to thoroughly cleanse the bird and remove the salt. Like all poultry sold at our stores, the new Kosher Valley products must also meet our strict standards requiring that the birds are raised on a vegetarian diet with no antibiotics. Looks for kosher poultry in our stores now, including fresh and frozen whole young turkeys, ground turkey, fresh and frozen chicken, and tray packs of both turkey and chicken.

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elizabeth says …

Kosher chicken really does taste better than its non-kosher counterparts--we got some chicken thighs a few weeks ago and the dishes we made with them tasted so much richer and, well, meaty than we've had in the past. I saw the brand you carry in the UWS store the last time I was there--I'll make a point to get some to keep on hand when we want to make chicken the star of the meal.

jon says …

Its a little far to drive to Whole Foods, but for this I'm willing to try you out. I sure hope you have enough on hand at your 90064 or 90210 stores today. I'm cooking many rosh hashana meals, and dont want to end up like Jackie from Virginia.

jack blumenthal says …

the poultry is NOT organic

Jackie says …

I tried to buy Organic Kosher Chickens at two different Whole Foods stores in Arlington, VA. They told me they did not sell any kosher chickens at all. I was very disappointed.

Carol says …

This is great news! I was disappointed when our local Whole Foods stopped stocking Wise chickens (kosher organic) about two years ago. Please make sure these chickens reach your Mt. Washington, Baltimore store in zip 21209. And there's no question, kosher chickens do taste better, probably from the salting.

Muriel Harris says …

I'm delighted to learn that you'll be selling kosher chicken, and while there is still no Whole Foods Store in our area (47906), I will gladly shop in the Evanston, IL (60202) store when I visit that city or Indianapolis, Indiana, if you open a store there. Any hope that you'll expand to adding kosher meat that is also from cattle raised on vegetarian feed, with no anti-biotics?

Lindsey says …

I am so excited about this!!! You have a gauranteed customer in me. Please carry more kosher products, as you are able to find what meets your standards. Until now, my only options for kosher and organic (or something close to it) have been online and outrageously expensive. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Nancy says …

Where is "kosher valley" located?

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@Nancy Kosher Valley chickens and turkeys are raised on small farms with 30 percent more room to roam than the industry standard and free access to clean water. They are processed in a facility in Plainville, NY.

says …

@Muriel Our teams are always looking for ways to better serve our customers and I will be sure to pass your feedback along to our Meat team. Thank you!

Aaron says …

Thank you Whole Foods and keep expanding your great line of Kosher products! We could use a Whole Foods Market in the Lakewood, NJ (08701) area; until then we will keep making our regular long trips to Marlton and Middletown for healthy, Kosher, quality groceries.

Deborah says …

You have made me excited. I shop at Whole Foods all the time and the one thing I am always missing is the Kosher meat. I am going to my local whole foods in the morning Mill Valley (94920) and hope to see your Kosher meat there! Crossing my fingers...

David says …

Hi Yall, We just started selling the Kosher Valley products at our store on Braircliff Road in Atlanta, GA and its been a big hit! The feedback has been awsome!

nk janson says …

I will only buy ORGANIC meats,(chicken or beef) and until Whole Foods carries it, I will continue to buy it at my local organic farm.

Julie says …

I'm looking for farm-raised or "pastured" kosher poultry. I've heard that Wise brand is good. Do you carry Wise kosher meat and poultry products? Also, I saw on line elsehwere that Empire purchased kosher valley. Is that true?

paig292 says …

@Julie Some of our stores carry Wise Kosher brand. Please check with your local store to see if Wise is available. You are correct about Empire, and most of our stores will continue to carry the Kosher Valley brand through Empire. Thanks for your questions.

Channah Shulamit says …

I have bought Wise Kosher Chickens and turkeys for over 10 years. Now I deal directly with Wise. I love Whole Foods, but in Judaism and the need to buy meat with religious reasons in mind, as well as health, the object to seek the highest quality is important and vital. Wise has a superior product and the best chickens, turkeys, and now beef possible. To attempt to stock their products makes only good business and community sense.

Eugene Desyatnik says …

Second time buying spoiled Kosher Valley organic chicken at Whole Foods. Seriously, something I would expect to happen at Shop Rite. Not at Whole Foods. Either crank down the fridge, or stop padding the expiry dates to be so far out, as mine smelled well within the "sell by date".

Curt says …

Their chicken is really sub-par. You need a better supplier.

Jessica Waxman says …

The Whole Foods Store in Sarasota, FL carries some Kosher Valley chicken, but not the breast quarters on the bone. When I asked them if I could special order a dozen of these, they said no. Why not?

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@Jessica Good question. Unfortunately, the stores typically make these types of decisions at the local level. There is no policy in place at the Headquarters against this type of request. I will pass your question on to the Store Team Leaders at the Sarasota store and someone should get with you as soon as possible regarding your question. Please allow for some extra response time since many people are out on vacation over the next week or more. Sorry for the delay, in advance and thank you for reaching out!

Hilary Marco says …

wonderful. So happy. Xxx

Judy Tinelli says …

I have a Kosher Valley chicken in the oven right now, purchased at Whole Foods in Falls Church, VA. We'll see how it tastes but I was appalled at how many feather stubs there were on it. I spent 20 minutes picking them out. Yuck!

Megan says …

@Russ I am sorry the chicken you purchased was not up to par! I am forwarding your comment to the Minneapolis team so they know what happened.

Russ says …

Just threw away our Kosher Valley chicken from the Minneapolis store. Nearly 15 bucks down the the drain. A five dollar wonder roast chicken in a plastic bag would have been a whole lot better and my guests would have enjoyed it. The bird smelled a bit off coming out of the package. But the skin and flesh felt a bit strange, a little softer, even a bit mushy, than I thought it should be. I washed it and it seemed ok. Guests were coming in a few hours. It did not get any better during roasting. Tasted like an over cooked egg yolk. I should have brought it back when I had the chance. Ick.

Robert Leifer says …

Will you have Organic Kosher Turkeys and if so what will be the price

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@ROBERT - Our products vary between store locations. I would suggest reaching out to the store you plan on shopping to see what they will have in stock. You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

Sheryl Fleishaker says …

Do you carry kosher chicken in your Fort Lauderdale stroe on Federal Highway? If so are there any other kosher meats there too? Thank you

Megan says …

@SHERYL - Our products vary between store locations. I would suggest reaching out to Fort Lauderdale store to see what they have in stock. You can find their contact info at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.

tom mooney says …

Will the new store now open in Boise carry any kosher meats?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TOM - Since our products differ between store locations, I would encourage you to reach out to the Boise location directly at 208.287.4600.

Judith Gisser says …

Are the soy and corn you feed your turkeys and chickens non-GMO?

Charlotte says …

"The Jewish High holidays" you say? Are there other kinds?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUDITH - Thanks for your comment. Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non- GMO feed for animal products (including meat, dairy and farmed fish) sold in our stores. We encourage shoppers who are looking to avoid products from animals fed GMOs to choose organic meat and dairy products (since organic standards prohibit the intentional use of GMOs), farmed molluscs such as clams, oysters, and mussels (since no added feed is used when farming these species), or wild-caught seafood.

Doug mcclay says …

Oye, whole Foods sold me a super doper Kosher turkey for $65. Unfortunately for about an hour we are plucking feathers! How about warning us about this at the store! Next year it's back to Earth Fare for sure

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DOUG - Sorry to hear about this. Were you able to let the store know about your difficulties? If not, let me know which location you purchased the turkey and I can pass along your feedback.

sheryl says …

I found this blog through a google search on Kosher Valley. Since this post, it is now owned by Empire Chicken. I am able to purchase it at the Whole Foods on P Street NW in Washington, DC. Just started buying it, January 2013. Although the company is owned by Empire, the chickens taste better than the standard Empire brand.

catherine says …

I purchased a kosher valley turkey in December and I would pick up a kosher chicken everytime I was in the store. However, the last few times I've been shopping, there have been no kosher valley products available. Could you please advise if you are still carrying these kosher products? I shop at the montrose store. thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CATHERINE - I was able to speak with a meat buyer at Montrose and he let me know that Kosher Valley turkeys and chickens are only available to order during the holidays. They do carry the Kosher Valley chicken breast cutlets in the frozen area year-round!

Eileen says …

Kosher Valley was bought by Empire Chickens in May 2010. The Kosher Valley plant was closed. So Kosher Valley Chickens is just another brand name for...Empire Chickens. As it all comes from the same plant, it's just a different wrapper.

nancy berliner says …

Why are there not more Kosher Valley chickens in your Cambridge RIver St store these days? Is it possible to have them delivered on Fridays - rather than Saturdays, so they are fresh for Friday night dinner. We love these chickens and recently they have not been in the store. Help!!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NANCY - Were you able to ask this question to the Meat dept. at the Cambridge location? They are in charge of their ordering so they will let you know if these chickens are more of a seasonal option or something they might be able to special order for you if they are not generally stocked on their shelves. You can reach the store directly at 617.876.6990.

Jason says …

I'd like to encourage you guys to switch to Wise organic kosher meats. They are both free range and organic and better reflect the values of whole foods and the interest of your customers. Kosher Valley is really not that different from conventional poultry.

Tracey says …

I bought the Kosher Valley wings you guys had in place of the other brand, Rancher I believe. This was at the Oakland, CA wholefoods. I'm sorry to say it was awful. The skin was extremely greasy and fatty. It also tasted weird even with a lot seasoning, not to mention i had to pluck a lot of the feathers off it myself. Also, there were sharp bones from some of the wings. I ended throwing most of it out which is unfortunate.

usman says …

Hi Are there any stores in oklahoma which carry kosher chicken or turkey? Thanks Usman

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@USMAN - We have a few locations in Oklahoma but our products can vary between stores. I would check directly with the store you plan to shop with to find out what they have in stock.

JAN says …

I live in Carlsbad CA - I heard the best Turkeys are Kosher ones, I would like to buy one for Thanksgiving please, can you help me? Thank You

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JAN - Our products vary between locations so check with your local store to see what Kosher options they have in stock for the holiday!

Miriam says …

I'm looking for a kosher and organic whole turkey (small 10-15 lbs) preferably on the lower end. Do you market anywhere in the Pittsburgh, PA area. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Murray Avenue Kosher, Costco, etc. Please let me know. Many Thanksgivings and Happy Thanksgivnuka!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MIRIAM - Our online ordering will go live on 11/1/13 and you will be able to look up a store in your area to see exactly what turkey options they have to offer. You can go to http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering after tomorrow afternoon to view what the stores in your area will have in stock.

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